20 Favourite Horrors of 2019 — Movie Reviews 101

2019 has been one of the best years for horror, I have found myself enjoying most of the horrors this year, this is just going to be the ones I enjoyed the most in no particular order. There will be a few films missing off this list, first The Lighthouse, which hasn’t been released in […]

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THE PURGE TV Season Two Finale “7:01am” – F&S Deep Dive

The Purge TV logoSeason Two, Episode Ten, “7:01am”
Written by Krystal Houghton Ziv & Nick Zigler
Directed by Tim Andrew
[All  images courtesy Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network]

 

Now, we continue the NFFA sanctioned All-American Carnage with The Purge Season Two Finale, Episode Ten, “7:01am”!

Be sure to visit Father Son Holy Gore for The Purge episode recaps, and follow FSHG for tons of in-depth TV and movie recaps, analysis, and reviews!

WARNING!

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Spoilers Ahead!

 

Plot Threads of the Dammed

*Ben (Joel Allen), Marcus (Derek Luke) and Michelle’s (Rochelle Aytes) storylines collide in gruesome fashion at the Triage Center.

*The Ryan Grant (Max Martini) Robbery Crew splits up after their last successful heist, and Ryan joins Esme’s quixotic quest to expose the truth about the Purge.

The Purge - Season 2
Another Purge, another poorly organized armed gang.

EPISODE NOTES

*The “Previously on The Purge” recap is a bit misleading. Ryan Grant (Max Martini) said “Let’s get our boy” at the end of Episode Eight, “Before the Sirens“,  not “Let’s get our money.”

Teaser Tidbits

1 Week Until First Annual Purge

In a secret room at the NFFA Surveillance Center in New Orleans, an anonymous “CCTV Manager” (Jody Thompson) meets with an equally anonymous “NFFA Official” (Brett Backer) in a secure communications room.

*Per NFFA specifications, New Orleans has PA speakers installed every 3.7 blocks. Instead of warning of tornadoes or nuclear attack, these broadcast the soon-to-be-infamous Purge Siren.

*While the siren tests freaked a few people out, most citizens think it’s some kind of stunt.

*The room WiFi and Cell phone systems are, according to anonymous NFFA Guy, “our only way of communicating with the public on Purge Night.” Pay Attention To This Plot Point!

*There’s a “room within a room” protected by 2-inch thick bulletproof laminate glass, with a cute old-timey “On Air” sign.

*The outer and inner rooms are secured by end-to-end rotating keycard encryption.

*Only only operators and managers have access to either room. Pay Attention To This Plot Point!

*When CCTV Guy’s key card won’t open the inner door, NFFA Guy threatens him. His threat that the NFFA will “take measures to replace you”, reminiscent of the consequences of failure in the old Soviet Union or today’s North Korea.

*CCTV Guy calls his contact at Sandlin Security. It’s none other than James Sandlin (Ethan Hawke) himself, who channels every annoying IT Tech support guy ever to suggest operator error.

*Considering how ineffective it was in the first Purge movie, Sandlin’s claim that “this is the same system I use to protect my family. You’ve got nothing to worry about” isn’t very reassuring.

The Purge - Season 2
Has Ryan leased every empty warehouse space in New Orleans?

Marcus, Michelle, and Ben Stagger Into the Medical Triage Center …

*Andre drives past some unfortunate people trapped in a wire cage set in the bed of a pickup truck. Reminds me of the Cowboy from Season One transporting victims to the Carnival of Flesh in Episode Five, “Rise Up“.

*The banner draped outside the Triage Center bears the Staff of Caduceus, familiar as a symbol of the medical profession.

*As the volunteers tend to Ben(Joel Allen), we see that Clint’s Big Pickup Truck is a Chevy Denali.

*The Center is in a current, or former, house of worship; Ben wakes up below a statue of Jesus. And then sees a small scalpel within his reach.

*Marcus readies Michelle for an emergency Theracostomy.

*The Third-Year pre-med student assisting Marcus (Hanna Hall) hasn’t taken the MCAT yet.

*Marcus send the student to find 100 mg of the anesthetic Ketamine and a bag of O Negative aka “universal donor” blood.

*This week’s gross-out moment – a double above-the-knee amputation!

*Marcus searches for Dr. Jason (Bill Martin Williams), only to find him, and several other volunteers (including the student who helped Marcus) dead in a supply closet.

*Ben closes door behind Marcus and starts monologuing. He murdered the doctors, nurses, and volunteers because they were “perverting the purpose of Purge Night, playing God … depriving Purgers of their rightful kills.” But Ben is God – or at least the God of Purge Night.

*Marcus manages to tranquilize Ben. He holds to his vow not to kill on Purge Night, choosing to dump Ben’s unconscious body outside the center.

The Purge - Season 2
Marcus finds out what’s behind the curtain.

Ryan Grant Says Farewell to the Robbery Crew

The messages displayed on Ryan’s phone include –

  • Avoid Canal (Boulevard) and Metarie (Road)
  • Reports of Class 5 Weapons (which at least at Wikipedia, includes “explosive devices such as grenades, rocket launchers, bazookas, etc., weapons of mass destruction, and viral/biological and chemical agents) in Washington Square
  • Super Dome Explosion
  • Illegal vehicle moving towards the river
  • Explosion at Super Dome

*Forced by road blockages, the Jackals (and the bank haul) are taking the Parkway.

*After trapping the Jackals’ truck, Ryan attaches some kind plastic explosive to the truck’s undercarriage.

*Ryan, Sara (Chelle Ramos), Doug (Jaren Mitchell), and Tommy (Jonathan Medina) use the military positioning-speak based on the 24-hour clock (“Tommy you have our six“).

*Why does the crew blow open the truck’s back doors instead of just driving it, and the entire haul, away?

*One of the “rando” Pugeres who attack the crew includes one wearing the LGBTQ-themed mask seen in the teaser for Episode Seven, “Should I Stay or Should I Go“.

*As the gang loads safe boxes onto a small boat, Ryan’s Purge app reports that Esme Carmona has been sighted at the “Dist. 2 Command Center Zones 3-11, Grid E7Q Camera 116“.

*Ryan leaves to join Esme at the NFFA Surveillance Center.

The Purge - Season 2
Guess we know what Marcus’ll be doing every Purge Night from going forward.

Esme’s Last Stand at the NFFA Surveillance Center

*Inside the Surveillance Center, Esme accesses the video log for Mail Truck 453 (timestamp 1:29:40:22).

*How courteous of the assassination squad to enter Olvia Hughes’s home in full tactical gear.

*Esme’s menu options for the mail truck footage – “Transfer File” “Archive” “Broadcast”.

*Why is this particular “File Not Transferable Outside System”? Wouldn’t Esme suspect or already know that a file this sensitive might be restricted?

*Esme tries and fails to film the computer monitor with her cell phone.

*The Rube Goldberg-ish/Plot Contrivance setup of the Surveillance Center system forces Esme to transfer the file to the Broadcast Room we saw in the trailer.

*Vivian (Charlotte Schweiger) agrees to swipe Curtis’s (Conner Trinneer) key card to get Esme in the Broadcast Room, even though they both know Esme will the be a “sitting duck” for the security teams.

*Vivian’s unconvincing Thank You speech to her fellow employees is odd – she thanks everyone for helping her make it through her first Purge – didn’t we see her last year (in Episode One)?

*Esme asks Curtis “What if the laws are wrong?

*Curtis may have enough doubts to let them pass by, but not enough let them into the room. Vivian puts herself in harm’s way, gets gutshot for her bravery, and gives the key card to Esme while apparently bleeding out.

*Ryan is temporarily deafened as a shotgun fires right by his ear. This noise was highlighted earlier when the Robbery Crew covering their kids’ ears before blasting open one of the lockboxes loaded on to their boat.

*Ryan accepts that he’s not making it out of the Surveillance Center alive. He asks Esme for the key card, then leaves the room and crumples it up. Ryan will give Esme enough time to make her broadcast, then make sure she’s alive after 7 am., to be arrested instead of shot. “People need to know the truth, and you need to tell them. I’m right where I need to be.”

*Esme begins broadcasting at 6:45 am. Like an Amber Alert or Severe Weather Warning, the Olivia Huges video is pushed out to every cell phone in range.

The Purge - Season 2
Esme Carmona, from Public Enemy No. 1 to Symbol of Resistance.

6:57

*Esme relates the saga of Professor Adams, the Purge Night murders of Adams and the study participants and the off-purge murder of Olivia Hughes, last surviving study participant.

The Purge doesn’t take away our anger, our hatred, our fears. It fuels them. Our system is corrupt. Start asking questions” blares over the Purge PA system; a bloodied Turner (Matt Shively) hears the broadcast.

*In a beautifully poetic scene,  Ryan stops firing at the oncoming police as the sirens blare and turns to face Esme. He places his hand on the glass and locks eyes with her as his body is riddled with bullets.

*The clock turns to 7 am. Esme tells her sister Sofia “if you can hear me, I love you” in Spanish.

*SWAT team members escort Esme out of the broadcast room. The leader (Steve Mokate) speaks into his collar mic.“Sir, we’re post 7 am” “The order stands”. The SWAT leader shoots Emse between the eyes; she falls onto Ryan’s body.

*The door to the broadcast room is still open; was that exchange also broadcast? If so, is that the basis for the Resist movement built around Esme’s off-Purge murder?

Two Months After Purge Night

*Sara, Tommy, and Doug meet at the Cafe Avenida (Avenue).

*Tommy asks Sara and Doug if they agree with his proposal for Ryan’s share. All look at his empty chair and agree it’s what he would’ve wanted.

*We find out what that proposal is in the next scene. In a New Orleans loft/factory space type setup, we see people milling about, and lots of anti-Purge flyers, buttons, and other such materials. A large banner against one wall blazes the word RESIST above a Che Guevara-like portrait of Esme Carmona.

*Vivian survived her stomach wound, and on crutches, works with a Foundation hacker on getting the protocols they need to keep their backdoor access to the NFFA mainframe open.

*Darren (Denzel Whitaker) informs Vivian that Ryan’s friends have made a wire transfer (the first of many) to fund their anti-Purge outreach to rural communities and more.

*Per Darren, the NFFA is dismissing reports of Esme’s post-Purge murder as “fake news”.

*Marcus and Michelle, along with Tonya and Andre, watch Darren speak. Sofia (Marialy Tejada) heard her sister’s final message and is also part of this new “Resistance“.

*Darren -“No amount of thought, prayers, or Grief Boxes will ever be enough! Our country deserves better!”

*As Darren rallies the anti-Purge activists, we see Ben. He’s returned to the place where his true self was born on a previous Purge Night, sharpening a blade. If the final scene between Esme and Ryan was a rare moment of high romance from The Purge, Ben in his womb is a high point of dread, at least for me.

The Purge - Season 2
I’m glad Darren’s group is getting funding because those flyers aren’t going to do the job.

The Purge hasn’t yet been renewed for a third season on USA.

Official USA network images, articles, and other Purge related goodies can be found here.
My deep dives into Bates Motel, The Exorcist, and Seasons 1 & 2 of Channel Zero reside at SciFi4Me; Fang and Saucer is home to my deep dives into Season One of The Purge TV, and Channel Zero Seasons 3 & 4.

Until next week citizens, “Just remember all the good The Purge does.

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THE PURGE TV Throws a “Hail Mary” S2E9 – F&S Deep Dive

The Purge TV logoSeason Two, Episode Nine, “Hail Mary”
Written by Nina Fiore & John Herrera
Directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero
[All  images courtesy Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network]

 

Now, we continue the NFFA sanctioned All-American Carnage with The Purge Season Two, Episode Nine, “Hail Mary”!

Be sure to visit Father Son Holy Gore for The Purge episode recaps, and follow FSHG for tons of in-depth TV and movie recaps, analysis, and reviews!

WARNING!

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Spoilers Ahead!

 

Plot Threads of the Dammed

*Marcus (Derek Luke) and Michelle (Rochelle Aytes) and Tonya (Devyn A. Tyler) and Andre (Damien D. Smith) prepare for a visit from the Homeowners Purge Association, led by Clint (Dave Maldonado).

*Ryan (Max Martini), Sara (Chelle Ramos), and Doug (Jaren Mitchell) head over to the imaginatively named “City Park”, hell-bent on saving Tommy from a Purge Night execution.

*Esme (Paola Nuñez) joins up with an all-female cybercrime crew to infiltrate the NFFA Surveillance Center.

*Ben (Joel Allen) continues his Purge Night reign of terror.

EPISODE NOTES

*The significance of the Hail Mary as a prayer of the Catholic Church was covered in the Deep Dive for S2E5, “House of Mirrors“. It’s also a last-minute, desperate, last-chance pass play in American football.

The Purge - Season 2
Nothing says “I Love My Country” like an NFFA license plate.

Teaser Tidbits

*This week’s teaser begins with “Ms. Lorelei’s Corner”, a bit of NFFA propaganda (notice the small NFFA seal in the lower left-hand corner), disguised as a “Mr. Rogers meets Pee Wee’s Playhouse in the Twilight Zone” children’s programming.

*The Lorelei of myth lured sailors to their death with her seductive cries; hence the term “siren song“.

*One of the children being indoctrinated – a young Ben Gardner (Carson Minniear), watches in his living room while playing with 50’s-esque toy robots.

*Ms. Lorelei (Mary K. DeVault) starts by explaing that because “Worries can be hard to talk about“, the Purge “helps people get their worries out“, and gives their parents the “freedom to accomplish things they never thought possible!

*Lorelei’s costume – a demented neon-hued funhouse combination of red, white, and blue, along with deliberately harsh makeup – contrasts with the children’s pastel-toned Sunday School best outfits.

*A young girl named Zoe (Emily Criss Rives) asks if it’s ok to kill on Purge. Would something bad happen to her and her brother?

*Lorelei assures Zoe “you and your brother will be perfectly safe”.

*How does Lorelei know this? According to showrunners Krystal Houghton Ziv and James Roland, Purge creator set a few ground rules for the series. One of them setting 18 as the minimum age to participate in the Purge.

*Maybe the NFFA doesn’t need fancy subliminal mind control to indoctrinate the youth of America; just parent’s reliance on television as an electronic babysitter.

* Instead of the Pledge of Allegiance, Ms. Lorelei’s Corner ends with the NFFA Pledge; “Blessed be America, a nation reborn!

The Purge - Season 2
As much as I admire Ryan’s plan, it seems overly complicated.

Marcus and Michelle Host the Neighborhood Purge Committee Home Invasion

*Clint (Dave Maldonado) uses his big old pickup truck to tear the security screen off the Moore’s front door. WHILE MARCUS AND HIS GROUP JUST STAND IN THE FRONT HALL WATCHING.

*It seems puzzling that the group is just waiting for their neighbors to barge in instead of taking defensive positions.

*As the home invasion begins, Marcus turns to Michelle, “Promise me we won’t turn into them.”

*Turns out April Tucker (Susan G. Whittle) didn’t tell husband Sam (Jay Ali) that she Purged in college.

*Clint brought some Molotov Cocktails to “smoke out” and/or burn alive everyone in the Moore house.

*How could any company advertise their homes as “fireproof” – wouldn’t “fire-resistant” be as far as they’d go? They’d still be liable for any off-Purge fire damage caused by their falsely advertised product.

*Clint sneers at Sam’s objection to burning down the Moore’s house, calling him a “bleeding heart“.

*Since Sam gets a nasty laceration in the upper chest area when another front door security screen descends on him, it’s a fitting putdown.

*We see a bit of Marcus’s plan when he won’t Purge Sam. He had to once, and “that shit sticks with you“. Marcus insists there “has to be another way”.

*After Sam gives up Clint’s plan, Marcus swaps Sam for Clint and sits Clint down in for heart to heart to heart/man to man talk, complete with cliches including “get past this”, “violence doesn’t solve anything”, “clean slate”, and “Purging was supposed to make me feel better“.

*We find out why the resolution feels false when Clint pulls out a knife Andre’s (Damien D. Smith) pat-down/frisk missed and stabs Michelle in the chest.

*Michelle’s lung’s collapsed and she’ll die without medical care including a dedicated ”air valve”

*Good for his wife Marcus knows the location of a Purge triage center; he’s asked every year to help – and has always refused.

*Marcus takes Clint’s keys and sets out with Michelle, Tonya (Devyn A. Tyler), and Andre, leaving Clint to the dubious mercy of his former lynch mob.

The Purge - Season 2
Wonder if the DAR got outlawed by the NFFA, or they “voluntarily” changed their name?

Esme’s Lonely Road to Revenge

*Although Skye’s (Tyner Rushing) Secret Hacker Lair doesn’t require a secret knock, the door does have a sliding peephole – just like an old-time speakeasy.

*Is this hacker group “The Foundation”, or just allied with them?

*FINALLY we see people using Purge Night to commit some white-collar cybercrime, including revenge porn blackmail, hacking into a Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency site, and other electronic crimes.

*Even underground hackers have to keep their “event logs” current.

*Skye’s team created a “deepfake” version of Esme to lure NFFA security away from the headquarters so Esme can sneak in.

*Is Esme’s plan any more specific than a Wikileaks-type information dump?

*Skye notes the holographic version of Tupac she saw “live” in Tokyo isn’t as realistic as Esme’s deepfake. This is not far from reality, or the 2002 movie S1m0ne.

*Esme survives a crash that (apparently) kills Skye to make it back to her old job, activate the backup jammer Sara prepared, and make it into the building while the system reboots.

*During any power outages, NFFA personnel are asked to “Please proceed to the nearest safe room”.

*Esme’s plan to meet up with Vivian (Charlotte Schweiger) is delayed by a very long access ladder.

The Purge - Season 2
Getting ready for the canned hunt on Purge Night.

I Sure Hope This is Ben’s Last Purge Night, but …

* Ben (Joel Allen) ignores Turner’s (Matt Shively) pleas to let Scott (Peyton Wich) go.

*Ben offers Turner has two “choices” that are not choices at all; either Turner will “pop his cherry” and kill Scott, or Turner and Scott will both die

*Beb duct-tapes machete-like blade in Turner’s hands, then forces Turner to plunge the knife into Scott’s chest.

*Going with the losing virginity theme, Ben’s  reaction is almost orgasmic,

*After Turner loses his innocence, Ben turns buddy-buddy and offers Turner glass of water to “stay hydrated”. They need to prepare for hunting.

*Turner may be terrified and disgusted with himself, but he does have the wherewithal to distract Ben by requesting a mak asks for a mask, then escaping the house.

*Ben follows; both encounter a “Purge Night Tours” bus, girls partying on the roof, a Purge Night version of a Mardi Gras parade float.

*Ben’s taunting call of Turner’s name – reminded me of “Warriors, come out and plaaaay” from Walter Hills 1979 movie The Warriors.

*B follows Turner into a New Orleans cemetery, with it’s famous raised burial plots, before being surrounded by a gang of Purgers wearing “his” God mask.

**I thought I heard a bell tolling 6 times in this scene, indicating one hour remaining in the Purge; yet a later scene display reads “4 hours Until End of Purge”?

*Plot threads converge when Ben escapes cemetery, only to be hit by Andre/Marcus/Tonya/Michelle’s truck. Oh, the irony – just like his late girlfriend Kelen (Danika Yarosh)!

*If Ben ends up surving Purge Night because Marcus decided to take him to the triage center, I will be very displeased, Show!

The Purge - Season 2
Purge Night gives “working on the chain gang” a whole new, and chilling, meaning.

The Ryan Gets the Robbery Gang Back Together

*Ryan, Sara,  and Doug join a festive crowd assembled at City Park, participants in canned hunt sponsored by the Daughters of the New Founding Fathers of America.

*As the Purge Night bus pulls into “The Most  Dangerous Game” Field (oh, pardon me, I  mean “City Park”) Jimmy  (Jonathan Medina)  convinces a few fellow prisoners to adopt “Gladiator” strategy, i.e. stick together in an organized cohort to increase chances of surviving a rigged game.

*“Daughters of the NFFA” is a pretty obvious spoof of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In 1939 the DAR refused to allow African-American opera singer Marian Anderson to sing at their Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. She later performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

*Accompanied by Vivaldi-esque music, waitstaff provides each guest with “weapons used by our ancesestors”; Revolutionary  War-era Flintlock rifles, compound bows,, and hunting knives.

*Ryan and crew do such a bad job blending in,, it’s easy for Silas Barker (J.D.  Evermore) to spot the trio who tried (he thinks) to rob his McMansion.

*Jimmy and his band are freed fairly easy by Ryan, Sara, and Doug.

*The homoerotic tone of the episode continues with Ryan and Jimmy’s suggestive, jokey banter, from Jimmy’s surprised “F*ck Me!” and Ryan’s “No, thanks” capped with Sara’s “Get a room.”

*Since Silas broke the rules of the hunt and kept a modern weapon – a tranquilizer gun that he promptly uses to immobilize Ryan.

*For some reason, Silas decides on the spur of the moment, to bury Ryan alive, a plot point that, for me, came across as silly and contrived.

*In the hours remaining, the reconstituted Ryan Grant Robbery Crew resolves to rob the Jackals who took the bank’s money from the airstrip last epsiode. Then Ryan, who also killed one of Ziv’s goons before Purge last week, needs to get out of the country.

*How would anyone else but Ryan know if he killed someone pre-Purge? Is this like the Hunger Games, where everyone has a tracker monitoring their vital signs?

The Purge - Season 2
I see The Warriors cosplayers are out on this Purge Night!

The Purge Season Two, Episode Ten “7:01am” airs Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 9/8c on USA.

Official USA network images, articles, and other Purge related goodies can be found here.
My deep dives into Bates Motel, The Exorcist, and Seasons 1 & 2 of Channel Zero reside at SciFi4Me; Fang and Saucer is home to my deep dives into Season One of The Purge TV, and Channel Zero Seasons 3 & 4.

Until next week citizens, “Just remember all the good The Purge does.

Ethan Hawke Returns to Purge in The Purge TV Season Two Finale “7:01am”

The Purge TV logoSeason Two, Episode Ten “7:01am”
Written by Nick Zigler and Krystal Houghton Ziv
Directed by Tim Andrew
[All  images courtesy Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network]

 

Exciting news for fans of The Purge Universe came out yesterday. Per NBC/Universal,

Ethan Hawke, star of 2013’s “The Purge,” is back as James Sandin in the second season finale of USA’s THE PURGE. James Sandin is the security system salesman the original film follows as he tries to protect his family from home invaders during a purge night gone wrong.
James is featured in the finale’s cold open, which flashes back to one week before the first national purge and the first time his high-tech security system is tested.
Titled “7:01 AM,” the finale picks up as purge night rages on and Esme, Ryan, Marcus and Ben fight for their lives and their loved ones. It will air Tuesday, December 17 at 9/8C on USA Network.

The Purge Season Two, Episode Ten “7:01am” airs Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 9/8c on USA.

Official USA network images, articles, and other Purge related goodies can be found here.
My deep dives into Bates Motel, The Exorcist, and Seasons 1 & 2 of Channel Zero reside at SciFi4Me; Fang and Saucer is home to my deep dives into Season One of The Purge TV, and Channel Zero Seasons 3 & 4.

Until next week citizens, “Just remember all the good The Purge does.